Veggie Voyagers

Couple travelled 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces between 7/07 and 5/08 running their 1987 Ford truck on straight veggie oil. The blog continues with a focus on the natural world and energy politics from a personal perspective

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Respite from the valley heat

We went over to the coast with Ann, Linda and Kevin. To make it possible we bet on Michael's usual upswing after chemo but he over-did it getting ready to go and didn't really get the upswing of energy until we got home. Never-the-less, despite him not feeling well, it was really nice being over in the cool and appreciating the moisture and green of the coast. It was only a three day trip but all in all worth it. We'll stay home now until the last two cycles of chemo are over.

 We explored up to the Smith River and down to Big Lagoon with Fern Canyon and Gold Beach in between. Ann wasn't in this photo but she valiantly hobbled everywhere we did despite a bad hip. Part of the reason we went now is because she if facing hip surgery and a long recovery in another week. We've been hiking and paddling with Ann and Linda annually for many years and didn't want to let a year go by... even if our adventure was a short one.
I have to admit we didn't go on veggie oil. We took a little gas Suzuki "side-kick," that's like a little Jeep. My bio-diesel car is too low to use on bad roads and the Veggie Voyager requires the veggie oil to be processed, something that Michael wasn't prepared to do with the valley heat, the time frame we had and how he was feeling. We hope to be back to it in August when we go back on the road, after he recovers one last time from chemo. This trip just really made me lust for the road and appreciate my dear husband and traveling friends all the more.


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